NC, Va. groups to monitor coal ash in Dan River

FILE- In this  Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, a pipe from the Dan River Power Plant where coal ash spilled is seen along the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Records show engineers working for Duke Energy warned the company as early as 1986 that a stormwater pipe running under a North Carolina coal ash dump was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
FILE- In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, a pipe from the Dan River Power Plant where coal ash spilled is seen along the Dan River in Eden, N.C. Records show engineers working for Duke Energy warned the company as early as 1986 that a stormwater pipe running under a North Carolina coal ash dump was made of corrugated metal and needed to be monitored for leaks. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two water protection groups say they’ll continue to monitor the Dan River to identify coal ash from a massive spill in North Carolina that flowed into Virginia.

The long-term monitoring comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection concluded Thursday that Duke Energy had completed the removal of large pockets of coal ash.

The monitoring will be conducted by the Roanoke River Basin Association and the Dan River Basin Association. The groups are fearful coal ash containing an array of toxic heavy metals will continue to be churned up from the river bottom during floods or storms.

Duke Energy and government agencies are also monitoring the Dan River, which was fouled by 39,000 tons of coal after Feb. 2 breach from a waste dump 24 miles upriver from the city of Danville.

 

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